Polish of Vietnamese descent composer and pianist, Ania Vu (née Vũ Đặng Minh Anh) is pursuing a Ph.D. as a Benjamin Franklin Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Her music explores the interplay between linguistical sound properties and meanings, musical energy related to form, and varied notions of time. Her current mentors are Anna Weesner, Marcos Balter, and James Primosch. In 2017, she received her BM in composition and theory from the Eastman School of Music.
Winner of the BNMI's 9th Annual Commissioning Competition (2021) and prize recipient of the Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra's Call for Scores (2020), Ania has had the privilege of working with the Daedalus and MIVOS string quartets, TAK ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble, Iridium Saxophone Quartet, and soprano Rose Hegele and Paulina Swierczek. Her music has been featured at several festivals, including the Tanglewood Music Center, Tage Neuer Musik in Regensburg (Germany), International New Music Festival at USF, Red Note New Music Festival (USA), Newburyport Chamber Music Festival (USA), Valencia International Performance Academy (Spain), SoundSCAPE (Italy), and Women in Music (USA). Upcoming main events and projects include a residency at I-Park Foundation, a collaboration with Sō Percussion, and working on a chamber opera.
Ania is also an accomplished pianist and a passionate music educator. For more information about her piano background, performances and teaching, please scroll down to Piano.
Outside of music, Ania has a passion for languages, and speaks fluent English, Polish, French, and Vietnamese, in addition to having studied Latin and German; currently, she is learning modern Greek. She also enjoys traveling - having visited 30 countries so far -, wandering in all kinds of museums, and ballroom dancing.